“Laurie Hernandez called me yesterday and goes ‘happy birthday grandma. You’re literally halfway to 50, you’re so old.’” -Our nap queen hit the big 2-5.
Zhaoqing finished up. China’s women swept the golds at the Zhaoqing Challenge Cup, with Li Shijia taking titles on bars and beam and Yu Linmin and Liu Jingxing finishing first on vault and floor, respectively. Oksana Chusovitina took second on vault and showed off her nails in an interview.
Osijek happened. Angelina Radivilova of the Ukraine did very well at the Osijek World Challenge Cup, leaving the comp with three medals, including beam gold. Ana Derek took the floor gold, Teja Belak of Slovenia won vault, and Anastasia Agafonova took the bars title with errors. Meanwhile, the Romanians did suspiciously well on beam; they (or their imposters) won silver and bronze.
Canadian Champs happened. Ellie Black took her sixth national title, edging out Ana Padurariu, who won day one. Brooklyn Moors came in third with a brand new floor routine. Rébéka Groulx won the junior title with a 52.700. Live blog: Day 1, Day 2.
Rosters. The nominative roster for the European Games has been released. We also have China’s Asian Games roster, plus the U.S. men’s Pan American Games team and the U.S. men’s junior worlds team were announced after a selection camp.
Worlds news. The FIG proudly announced that a record number of nations have entered the 2019 world championships, which didn’t they just proudly announce that they’re going to start limiting the worlds rosters in the next quad? My mind wanders.
Developmental camp. Gym blogger Chalk Warrior was invited to the most recent developmental camp and was impressed, noting a “positive environment” under Tom Forster’s leadership.
Bye, Terin. Terin Humphrey was let go as the women’s athlete representative in response to her recent Facebook comments, USA Gymnastics announced on Tuesday. Humphrey started on as the athlete rep in 2014. Luba helpfully put together a history of Terin’s problematic moments as the athlete rep.
Rhonda spotted down under. Rhonda Faehn apparently moved to Australia to coach at a private club. She’s also accredited at Australian nationals as a “future international team coach.” Gymnastics Australia has defended the choice, and says she was recommended by Mihai Brestyan.
Indy detective cleared. That Indianapolis detective who worked with former USAG CEO Steve Penny to squash the Nassar scandal as it was developing has been cleared of wrongdoing after an internal investigation. Lynn Raisman is mad; Rachael Denhollander tweeted, “Badly done, IMPD.”
USOC to gov: We don’t need you. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s newish CEO Sarah Hirshland said the org doesn’t need congressional input to make the necessary changes to help prevent abuse on Wednesday. Hirshland also wants SafeSport to get federal funding, saying that current funding situation is inadequate.
Texas bill goes to governor. A Texas bill that would extend the statute of limitations for sexual abuse survivors to sue abusers and institutions passed in the legislature. Former and current gymnasts like Alyssa Baumann advocated for re-adding the provision in the bill that says survivors can sue institutions. The bill heads to the governor’s desk next.
- FIG president Morinari Watanabe is chair of a Tokyo 2020 boxing task force for reasons unclear.
- A new Michigan State University president will be named on Tuesday.
- Former elite gymnast Kristal Bodenschatz returns to sport at age 32 (WBUR)
- The victims of Larry Nassar who dared to come forward first (The New Yorker)
Chiles update. Jordan Chiles met up with Inside Gymnastics for an interview before promptly deflecting gunfire off her metal bracelets and flying off. She says she’ll defer enrollment to UCLA until 2020, and is still working on her front triple full.
Comebacks. Dipa Karmakar won’t compete at Asian Championships, and her coach says she won’t rush to competition as she’s still in recovery from her knee injury, which started by Sonic the Hedgehog-ing and was made worse in Baku.
Meanwhile, Laurie Hernandez showed off her training progress in a new video.
Rule changes. The NCAA gym powers that be made some rule changes, making the base score for all events 9.4 but also raising the value of some skills. Meanwhile, NCAA athletes in California will now be able to earn compensation from the use of their likenesses, providing a sliver of hope in an otherwise bonkers system.
Everybody hurts. Turns out the injury rate before entering college is 30% higher for gymnastics than that of any other sport. Who’d have thunk it.
More of God’s work. There are a lot of skills named after Nellie Kim. But should there be? Here, Spencer analyzes which of Nellie’s children should be taken from her.
Watch out. A quintuple wolf turn is on the loose. We gotta rein that shit in before it eats all our cats.
Awkward af. USAG wished Aly Raisman a happy birthday, the institutional equivalent of your ex-boyfriend congratulating you on your wedding. Uh, thanks Steve?
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